Government to review port planning

The government is to review the national policy statement for ports, published in 2012. It says that while the statement continues to provide an appropriate framework for planning decisions on ports infrastructure and associated development, such as road and rail links, it is important to ensure the statement continues to support decision making effectively. In the Freeports bidding prospectus, the government set out its intention to review the national policy ... [+]

Seafarers’ Wages Bill goes to House of Commons

The Seafarers' Wages Bill, introduced in the wake of P&O Ferries’ mass sackings of workers earlier in the year, has passed to the House of Commons for examination. It follows completion of its third reading in the House of Lords on 7 November. The legislation seeks to improve pay for ... [+]

New bill paves the way for electronic B/Ls in UK

The Government introduced an Electronic Trade Documents Bill on 12 October. The legislation aims to end the need for paper-based trading documents and will include the bill of and bills of exchange by modernising old legislation such as the Bills of Exchange Act 1882 and the Carriage of Goods by ... [+]

Government publishes NI Protocol Bill

The government has published  Northern Ireland Protocol Bill in which it plans to reduced the number of checks moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In doing so, it is likely to face opposition from the EU which says that the UK will be disregarding international law, and it could ... [+]

No quarantine, but tests every two days for truckers

The UK government has set out new details of the new Covid testing regime that will apply to international arrivals in England from 6 April, including truck drivers. They will be one of a limited number of professions that will be exempt from quarantining in order to keep freight and other ... [+]

£20m for green shipping

The government is to set up a £20m fund for green innovations in the UK’s maritime industry, reports BDaily. It will support the development of prototype ships and port infrastructure, such as hydrogen-powered vessels and charging points at ports. If trials supported through the fund are successful, the aims if ... [+]

Government releases details of customs training funding

The government has released details of the one-off £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders announced in September. Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT with applications open from 4 December. The government says it has engaged extensively ... [+]

Updated: Government unprepared and secretive over Brexit transport plans, say MPs

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published today (28 November) has warned that there is “a real risk” of the UK’s transport system being unprepared for Brexit on 29 March and that the Department for Transport has been unnecessarily secretive in its planning It says that risks are increasing “as time runs ... [+]

HMRC faces ‘daunting task’ says Commons committee

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) faces a daunting task in preparing for the UK’s exit from the European Union, which could also hamper its ability to tackle tax fraud, said the House of Commons Public Accounts committee in a report published on 2 November. It said that HMRC was being forced ... [+]

Government invests to get trade Brexit-ready

HM Treasury and HMRC have designed a package of measures, to help  companies prepare for Brexit in March 2019. It will include a one-off investment of £8 million to support broker training and increased automation. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “HM Treasury and HMRC have been engaging extensively with ... [+]

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